Filmmaker Mark Brecke presents ‘They Turned Our Desert Into Fire’ 

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  • Darfur documentary: Filmmaker Mark Brecke presents “They Turned Our Desert Into Fire,” his film about the crisis in Darfur. A Q&A follows.

Who’s in town

Tennis pro turned comedian Michael Kosta opens a three-night gig at the Punch Line Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Malt mania:
Local malt masters discuss the art of beverage creation, the modern craft movement and San Francisco’s culinary culture. A tasting session follows. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Selma James: The writer-activist, joined by Andaiye of Red Thread in Guyana, discusses class divides in feminism, the anti-capitalism of the social wage and her latest book. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Lloyd Kahn:
The former Shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog discusses “Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jon Gertner: The New York Times Magazine writer discusses “The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.” [7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View]

Enrico Deaglio: The writer and historian presents “Patria 1978-2008.” [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it]

Book group: The Classics I Forgot to Read book club discusses “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Jim Isermann:
The Palm Springs-based artist, whose installations reflect an unflagging belief in the beauty of utilitarian design, discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Female composers:
In celebration of Women’s History Month, students perform music composed by women. [1 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Teen Computer Corps:
Teen volunteers help those with technology troubles that involve Kindles, email, laptops, tablets, cellphones, digital cameras and electronic gadgets. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Local activities

Career coaching:
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce hosts its Job Forum, a panel-conducted discussion open to anyone experiencing job-finding problems. [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 235 Montgomery St., 12th floor, S.F.]

Darfur documentary: Filmmaker Mark Brecke presents “They Turned Our Desert Into Fire,” his film about the crisis in Darfur. A Q&A follows. [6:45 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, San Francisco Public Library, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Women’s History Month: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts “Luna Negra,” its Women’s History Month event. In this year’s show, performers challenge contemporary notions of the “feminine.” [7 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

K-pop group: Aziatix, a Korean-American R&B and K-pop collective, performs at Cafe Du Nord. “Nocturnal” is the group’s debut album. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out

Palio d’Asti:
A five-course menu is featured ($65). Foie gras is course one. Fritto misto, with artichoke follows. Next comes spaghetti alla amatriciana, and then roasted rack of lamb and dessert. [640 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 395-9800]

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